Emory Report
November 2, 2009
Volume 62, Number 9


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November 2, 2009
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‘The People Speak’ tour to visit campus
The People Speak College Tour 2009 comes to campus Nov. 16, sponsored by the James Weldon Johnson Institute (JWJI).

A partnership between the History Channel and the nonprofit educational organization Voices of a People’s History of the United States, the tour seeks to engage college students in discussion about the nation’s history and link that to civic action.

“The People Speak” is a film that will air on the History Channel in December and is based on Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States.”

The campus event features a brief screening and reading of texts from the film by actress Jasmine Guy. JWJI

Director Rudolph P. Byrd will facilitate a student-driven discussion.

For more information, see www.history.com/peoplespeak.

Bike sales extended plus new offerings
Bike Emory is extending its current sale on bicycles and accessories through Nov. 15, according to program director Jamie Smith.

On sale are 2009 models, which will be pulled from the Web site for the 2010 models. Even after the sale, the Emory discount will be available to purchasers.

“We’re offering for the first time an electronic bike,” Smith said about the incoming 2010 models, which really gives a boost when a rider is starting off from a stop such as at a traffic light.

Smith notes that the fit of the bike is the most important aspect when buying one. Fuji Bikes, Bike Emory’s partner, has a laser-sizing device for a high-tech way to get a very accurate fit.

For more information, see www.bike.emory.edu.

Outrage focus of brain study
The Emory Center for Neuropolicy is recruiting participants ages 18 to 59 for a study on how the brain reacts when someone perceives that their sacred values are being attacked or diminished. Sacred values are defined as beliefs about religion, government policy and other issues that evoke strong feelings.

“Given the importance of sacred values and the potential for triggering violent conflict, it is important to understand how sacred values become intertwined in decision making,” said Gregory Berns, director of the center and lead investigator. The study is funded by the U.S. Air Force and Navy.

Interested in participating in the study? Contact Brittany Anderson at 404-727-3087.